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Congrats to Pelican Rapids; update on Green Acres

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Neighbors- Congratulations to Pelican Rapids for taking down the defending champs from New London-Spicer in Round 1 of the state boys basketball tournament! This already has been an impressive season for the undefeated, top-ranked Vikings. A 31-0 start to the season is an amazing achievement regardless of what the rest of the tournament has in store. I went to the game against NLS and noted the remarkable show of support from Pelican Rapids fans/band, etc. I’m sure that will continue to build over the weekend. For those of you who are interested in following the Vikings, they play Howard Lake-Waverly 8 p.m. Friday at Target Center. The championship will be 2 p.m. Saturday. Good luck, Pelican Rapids! The biggest news from the House this week has to do with efforts to fix the Green Acres agricultural land program. Some ill-advised changes were made last year and now a conference committee may represent our best hope in restoring the program to a workable form. Green Acres “fixes” were passed from the Senate to the House this week. The House voted to send Green Acres to a conference committee and now we’ll cross our fingers hoping something good comes of this. It is good the conference committee has an opportunity to take the Senate’s foundation and build upon it by cleaning up two sticking points: A true grandfather clause is needed and the land-transfer clause should be broadened to include more than just children. But it is cause for concern that we have no assurances over how Green Acres will be handled by the conference committee. The committee could make slight changes to the Senate’s Green Acres provisions, conduct a total overhaul, or completely scrap the Green Acres language and not fix the program. I’ll update you as things unfold. Until next time, Bud
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